|Publication number||US7340788 B1|
|Application number||US 11/308,653|
|Publication date||Mar 11, 2008|
|Filing date||Apr 18, 2006|
|Priority date||Apr 18, 2006|
|Publication number||11308653, 308653, US 7340788 B1, US 7340788B1, US-B1-7340788, US7340788 B1, US7340788B1|
|Inventors||Christine M. Traub|
|Original Assignee||Traub Christine M|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (17), Referenced by (12), Classifications (13), Legal Events (2)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The invention is for a method used to increase the firmness of a pillowtop mattress or any other mattress perceived to be too soft by providing an elongated sheet of material having two ends with an adjustable fastener on each end for securing the sheet of material tightly around and over the mattress to compress the pillowtop mattress.
In recent years, pillowtop mattresses have increased in popularity over standard firm mattresses and often comprise the largest percentage of mattress sales by furniture and mattress stores. While consumers are attracted initially in the store to the softness of the pillowtop, many individuals soon find that the pillowtop mattress lacks the firmness and support to permit comfort in bed.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,608,931, issued to Gancy on Mar. 11, 1997, describes spring-like couplings of flexible walls of inflatable body supports, wherein an air mattress includes elastic bands to control the movement of walls enclosing the chamber inside said air mattress. The elastic bands are attached at spaced intervals to the walls either inside or outside of the chamber. The elastic bands exert a force that resiliently opposes movement of the walls outward in response to the exertion of an external force to the mattress, and in this manner, said elastic bands maintain the firmness of the air mattress.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,513,402, issued to Schwartz on May 7, 1996, describes a mattress system having a plurality of stacked individual mattress elements. Separation sheets are located between each of the stacked mattress elements to permit said mattress elements to compress and flex separately.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,504,952, issued to Ovadia on Apr. 9, 1996, describes a bed having a user variable degree of hardness, said bed having a mattress overlying a base with a plurality of cross-pieces traversing a rectangular frame. The firmness of the mattress is controlled by varying the number of cross-pieces positioned across the frame as well as by adjusting the amount or density of filling inside the mattress.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,081,728, issued to Skinner on Jan. 21, 1992, describes a mattress and mattress cover comprising numerous mattress blocks that are held together in parallel by a mattress cover.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,843,666, issued to Elesh et al., on Jul. 4, 1989, describes a pillow mattress comprising an open foamed plastic box containing a plurality of pillows of various densities.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,424,600, issued to Callaway on Jan. 10, 1984, describes an adjustable firmness mattress pillowtop that includes a removable pillowtop component that is fastened to the top of the body of the mattress and a thin fluid inflatable cushion that is located below the pillowtop. The pressure of the fluid inside the inflatable cushion can be increased or decreased to change the firmness of the mattress as desired.
None of the above devices in the prior art provide for increasing the firmness of a pillowtop mattress.
A method for increasing the firmness of a pillowtop mattress by providing a rectangular sheet of fabric material sized in length to wrap completely around the mattress in one direction with overlap, the overlapped first and second ends having hook and pile fastening strips for connection to each other.
The compressor sheet width is sized to cover the width of the mattress surface. The first end fastener strips are comprised of one or more strips of the hook material connected to the first end of the fabric sheet perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the fabric sheet on a first side of the fabric sheet.
The second end fastener strips are comprised of one or more strips of pile material and are connected to the second end of the fabric sheet perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the fabric sheet on the second side of the fabric sheet.
To install the pillowtop mattress compressor, the fabric sheet is wrapped completely around the mattress from top to bottom (head to foot) until the first and second ends of the fabric sheet overlap. The first and second ends of the fabric sheet are pulled together manually to compress the pillowtop portion making the pillowtop area more firm while engaging one or more pile strip fasteners with one or more hook fastener strips while the fabric sheet is taut.
The overlapped fabric sheet area containing the hook and pile fastening sheets can be positioned near the foot of the mattress on top or on the bottom side away from the sleeping area.
After the mattress compressor is installed directly in contact with the mattress surface, a conventional mattress cover can be installed and then used with top and bottom conventional bed sheets.
Using a plurality of hook and pile fastening strips spaced apart near the first and second ends of the compressor fabric sheet, the amount of tension on the pillowtop area can be adjusted.
The compressor sheet of material is made from cotton as a broadcloth. However, other materials can be used that are man-made or natural fabrics or fibers.
Other fasteners could be employed to connect the compressor sheet first and second ends tautly together including cinching straps, hooks, buttons, zippers or other conventional fasteners.
In an alternate embodiment, the compressor sheet of material can be sized in length to wrap around the lateral or width direction with overlap and the hook and pile fasteners. In this case, the compressor sheet of material is sized in width to reach between the top of the pillowtop mattress and the bottom of the mattress, perpendicular to its length.
It is an object of the invention to provide a method to make the pillowtop mattress more firm for sleeping.
Another object of this invention is to provide an inexpensive, easy and quick method for increasing the firmness of a pillowtop mattress.
In accordance with these and other objects which will become apparent hereinafter, the instant invention will now be described with particular reference to the accompanying drawings.
The sheet of material 14 is constructed preferably from natural, synthetic, or natural-synthetic blend fabrics due to the ability of these materials to withstand wear and tear. Most preferably, the sheet of material 14 comprises a cotton broadcloth. However, any sturdy plastic, elastomer, or other polymeric sheet of material may also be used for this invention.
Other fasteners 16 may also be used alone or in combination to connect together the first and second ends 14 a and 14 b of the sheet of material 14. These include buttons, rivets, studs, buckles, plastic tie strips, elastomer tie strips, fabric tie strips, snap fasteners, snap buttons, zippers, hook and eye fasteners, grommets, safety ties, clamps, adhesive strips or patches, and any other suitable fasteners.
In the preferred embodiment shown in
In the preferred embodiment comprising a longitudinally wrapping mattress compressor 10, the mattress compressor is manufactured in the following preferred dimensions. For a standard twin bed, the sheet of material must be at least 39 inches wide and more than 150 inches long. For a twin extra long bed, the sheet of material must be at least 39 inches wide and more than 160 inches long. For a double or full bed, the sheet of material must be at least 53 inches wide and more than 150 inches long. For a double extra long bed, the sheet of material must be at least 54 inches wide and more than 160 inches long. For a queen bed, the sheet of material must be at least 60 inches wide and more than 160 inches long. For a king bed, the sheet of material must be at least 76 inches wide and more than 160 inches long. For a California king bed, the sheet of material must be at least 72 inches wide and more than 168 inches long. A standard pillowtop mattress is approximately 16 inches thick. To accommodate the vertical sides of the mattress and to provide the desired overlap for fastening said first and second ends, the mattress compressors are manufactured longer than twice the length of the mattress. Table 1 below shows the dimensions for standard sized pillowtop mattresses and the corresponding preferred dimensions for a mattress compressor for those mattresses. For laterally wrapping mattress compressors 10 a like that shown in
Pillowtop Mattress and Mattress Compressor Preferred
Dimensions (width by
length in inches)
(width by length in inches)
39″ × 75″
41″ × 182″
39″ × 80″
41″ × 192″
54″ × 75″
56″ × 182″
54″ × 80″
56″ × 192″
60″ × 80″
62″ × 192″
76″ × 80″
78″ × 192″
72″ × 84″
74″ × 200″
In another embodiment, the sheet of material 14 is sized to be capable of wrapping over an entire top horizontal surface of the pillowtop mattress 12 and extends partially around at least two vertical walls of the mattress. In yet another embodiment, the sheet of material is sized to be capable of wrapping over the entire top horizontal surface of the pillowtop mattress extending downward around the vertical walls of the mattress and partially over a bottom horizontal surface of the mattress. In these embodiments of the invention, the fasteners 16, such as strips of hook and loop fasteners, may be attached by adhesive or other suitable methods or structures to one or more surfaces of the mattress, box spring, or bed frame. For example, a plurality of fasteners 16 can be attached to one or more vertical walls of the mattress or box spring, or said fasteners can be attached to a bottom horizontal surface of the mattress or box spring. The first and second ends of the sheet of material would include either all hook fasteners while the mattress or box spring correspondingly would have all loop fasteners or vice versa. Other arrangements are also contemplated, in which the first end of the sheet of material has one or more strips of hook fasteners and the second end has one or more strips of loop fasteners with the mattress or box spring including corresponding loop fasteners on one end and hook fasteners on the opposite end. These arrangements allow the sheet of material to be wrapped and stretched tautly over the top horizontal pillowtop surface of the pillowtop mattress and adjustably fastened to the appropriate corresponding fastening means affixed to the surface of the mattress or box spring.
In another embodiment of the invention shown in
In still another embodiment of the invention illustrated in
The invention is also for a method for increasing the firmness of a pillowtop mattress 12. The method comprises the steps of compressing a soft upper pillowtop portion 12 a of a pillowtop mattress 12 by tightly wrapping the pillowtop mattress in a sheet of material 14 having a first end 14 a and a second end 14 b, and attaching the first end of the sheet of material to the second end to maintain a tight wrap around the pillowtop mattress. The first end 14 a and second end 14 b of the sheet of material 14 may include any of the fasteners 16 described above, but preferably, includes one or more strips 16 of hook fasteners 16 a attached on one side of the sheet of material at said first end 14 a and one or more strips 16 of loop fasteners 16 b attached on an opposite side of said sheet of material at said second end 14 b as illustrated in
In the preferred method, the sheet of material 14 is wrapped longitudinally around the pillowtop mattress 12, however, in other embodiments of the invention, the mattress compressor 10 a may be designed to wrap laterally around the pillowtop mattress or in any other way that permits the pillowtop mattress to be wrapped and compressed. Preferably, the first end 14 a of one side of the sheet of material 14 includes one strip 16 of hook fasteners 16 a and the second end 14 b of the opposite side of said sheet of material includes three laterally-oriented, evenly-spaced strips 16 of loop fasteners 16 b attached in parallel across the width of said sheet of material. The hook fasteners 16 a of the first end 14 a are attached to one of the strips 16 of loop fasteners 16 b on the second end 14 b. A user would attach the hook fasteners 16 a to the strip of loop fasteners 16 b nearest the edge of the second end 14 b to increase the firmness of the pillowtop mattress. The tightness of the wrapping, and consequently the firmness of the pillowtop mattress, is increased to an increasingly greater degree by attaching the hook fasteners 16 a of the first end 14 a to one of the strips of loop fasteners 16 b located at increasing distances away from the edge of the second end 14 b of the sheet of material 14.
The mattress compressor is a non-complex inexpensive device for increasing the firmness of a pillowtop mattress that can be easily installed and removed for cleaning.
The instant invention has been shown and described herein in what is considered to be the most practical and preferred embodiment. It is recognized, however, that departures may be made therefrom within the scope of the invention and that obvious modifications will occur to a person skilled in the art.
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|U.S. Classification||5/697, 5/658, 5/482, 5/496, 5/922, 5/923|
|Cooperative Classification||Y10S5/922, A47C27/002, Y10S5/923, A47C31/105|
|European Classification||A47C31/10A, A47C27/00T|
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